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OSNews, Generic OSes I know that there's a number of readers who don't like it when OSnews covers political topics, I'm one of them. These political upheavals however spell danger for operating system hobbyists and so I dedicate this article to framing the political news within the context of what we are here to read about: operating systems.
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Rambling, but true none the less.
by kcorey on Fri 10th Dec 2010 20:33 UTC
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If you're not afraid of the system, of corporations driven by greed, and of governments driven by those organisations, you're already asleep. (That's bad). Picture the movie the Matrix.

It makes my father roll his eyes when I say this, but jailbreaking, being able to load your own operating system, even being able to open the case, much less play with what's inside is a necessary right that we all currently have, but which is being eroded. Once it's completely gone, it's gone.

You'll be living in a world where companies can complain to governments, and have websites (any pretty much anything else) shut down just because, and without any due process. Think that's not a big deal? Piss someone at Coka-cola off, and if you're still around we'll have a chat about it.

If you're not paranoid, you're in trouble. If you are paranoid about it, you're not paranoid enough.

Democracy is not a defence, as we keep voting the same pro-corporate crooks back into office.

Give it another 5-10 years, and governments will be taking away the right to bear arms.

10-20 years after that? Read the worst parts of 1984.

-Ken

P.S. You can have my tin-foil hat when they pry it from my cold dead fingers. Until then, make your own.

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